Bathroom ADA Certification & ConsultationS

A commonly misunderstood area of ADA compliance under the American with Disabilities Act is whether it is necessary to remove architectural barriers in bathrooms and other areas of your existing facilities in California. The report from the Americans With Disabilities Act is often confusing in the U.S. We meet owners or building managers that believe ADA regulations prohibit access discrimination only in new construction of public accommodations built before the ADA requirements were enforced. However, the ADA requires barrier removal to access in older buildings as well.

AVOID A $75,000.00 FINE

Federal law allows for fines of up to $75,000 for the first ADA violation and $150,000 for any additional ADA violations

Our Licensed CASp experts are educated on the most up-to-date techniques for ADA Bathroom Requirements per the state of California. Offering a wide range of Bathroom ADA Compliance Consultations and Construction Services Including:

  • Restroom Accessibility audits of existing facilities with bathrooms as well as new construction projects
  • Designing and working with Architects for ADA accessible construction
  • Technical assistance for accessibility issues for currently constructed buildings
  • Consultation on the best methods for designing and managing buildings per the ADA
  • Training staff members on how to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Training sessions can be arranged for clients and their employees
  • Developing guidelines and policies related to disability-related issues




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Most Common Areas For
ADA Liability Associated with Bathrooms

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Bathroom toilet seat height requirEments

The moment a potential customer arrives on your property, via your parking lot or sidewalk, is the moment you assume some risk for lack of ADA compliance. Hiring a Certified Access Specialist to review your restaurant parking lot will help reduce your liability with the ADA. From your parking lot lines, to how many handicap spaces you have, to your curb height - these are all areas companies face potential lawsuits daily.

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Bathroom HandRail Height Requirements

From the parking lot, to the front door of the restaurant, is usually a walkway or staircase. In order to meet the ADA guidelines in California, you must have options for those who are living in a wheelchair or similar. Meaning if you have stairs, you should have a wheelchair ramp, with handrails at a certain height and angle for those who aren't able to navigate stairs easily.

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Bathroom Doorway Pressure Requirements

Door opening force and width. You can place a door pressure gauge where you would normally push open the door or place a fish scale where you would normally pull open the door. With the door open 90 degrees, take measurements from the face of the door to the edge of the doorstop.

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Bathroom Wheelchair Accessibility Requirements

If your restaurant, bar, or food establishment services the public, you'll want to make sure you tables are at the correct height to accommodate those who are living in a wheelchair or via similar means. Having seating which can accommodate every type of person will benefit your business if it ever gets sued for lack of ADA access.

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ADA Requirements For Existing Bathrooms

Yes – If your bathroom is accessible to the public, you’ll need to meet the local ADA standards. If you are looking for ADA Compliance Consultants in California, then our ADA compliance professionals will review your commercial or municipal buildings to identify readily achievable barrier removal solutions at low cost. We will help you arrive at an accessible design that enables full compliance with ADA accessibility requirements under the Americans With Disabilities Act. We will also offer DSA services regulated by the regional office of the Division of the State Architect.

ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities with Bathrooms

The DoJ has updated a checklist to ensure rapid barrier reduction with the help of accessible design for an existing site. The checklist will help evaluate an established business facility's resources and accessibility construction challenges and create opportunities for renovation. It is structured according to the regulations' priorities that can help determine and reduce access problems in a project without much difficulty.

It is necessary to reduce costs and protect the interests of a business by implementing a plan that includes the steps for eliminating barriers and a timeline for carrying on improvements. The DOJ has also cited the need to demonstrate that the implementation plan contained readily achievable steps and was a good-faith effort to fill in the gaps and meet the law.

Here is a compliance checklist with initial design and construction guidelines that help lead to bathroom ADA-certified status for public accommodation in California.


A floor plan or sketch helps the building inspectors or surveyors to get organized and to know how many elements there are, such as entrances, bathrooms, and toilet rooms in your building. If plans are not available, sketch the layout of interior and exterior spaces and mark elements like bathrooms on the sketch.

The law specifies that an ADA bathroom must have a comfort height toilet that can be used by customers with disabilities.

An ADA-compliant toilet has a height of 17 to 19 inches from the floor to the seat. If you are unsure if your bathroom or toilet height is ADA approved, feel free to reach out to us for an inspection.

The 2010 ADA compliance law needs a bathroom layout solution to meet the following requirements.

  1. Minimum width of 60 inches must be provided between the commode (lavatory) and sidewall of the water closet for a standard 35 square feet bathroom with an out-swinging door.

  2. Water closet clearance must be 60 inches at the back wall and 56 inches deep.

  3. The out-swinging entry door must have 35-inch by 48-inch clear maneuvering space, which is necessary to admit a wheelchair.

  4. Reinforcements for grab rails must be provided on the wall in residential dwellings to allow fixing grab rails when required.

  5. There must be at least a 60-inch turning clearance space to maneuver the wheelchair inside the bathroom.

  6. The water closet centerline must be between 16 to 18 inches from the sidewall.

  7. The location of a toilet paper dispenser must be at least seven inches and a maximum of nine inches (centerline measurement) in front of the water closet.

  8. Accessible bathtubs and shower compartments need shower spray controls with on/off control that are able to deliver water at a maximum temperature of 120°F (49°C).

The Commission says the employer wishing to obtain compliance with the ADA should be provided with sufficient information about the required compliance. The ADA is also supported by a technical assistance program. This course helps employers understand their obligations as well as helps people with disabilities understand the law and their legal rights.

The EEOC released a technical assistance handbook containing practical applications of the legal requirements for employment-related activities, with a list of resources for compliance.

In front of each checklist, make a note of what you are surveying. You may come up with six bathrooms in your checklists, some of which may not be suitable for people with disabilities. It's important for you to know which bathroom you have listed on each checklist. For example, the first-floor men's bathroom may appear on one checklist. You must be able to identify this bathroom on that checklist during a physical inspection.

If an accessible entrance has not been provided for that bathroom, make a note of it in your sketch. You’ll also want to indicate how many steps lead to the bathroom door and whether the entrance has space available to install a lift or ramp. You could also take photographs with access measurements to understand the expense involved and develop plans to review your hotel or some business in California.

Other ADA Consultation Services

Our team can assist with the development of restaurant building designs for compliance with the American ADA. We have qualified ADA consultants who will assist you with your next construction project. Our consultant firm also assists restaurant customers in protecting themselves from future compliance risks.

The ADA covers private elementary and secondary schools as places of public accommodation; i.e., the schools must be physically accessible to those with disabilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits the exclusion of people with disabilities from everyday activities, such as enjoying a meal at a restaurant. 

If you operate a Doctor office, Dental office, or similar – you’ll need to make sure you facility accommodates the disabled. 

If you own or manage a community pool facility or similar, we’ll make sure you’re pool facility is up to par per the Americans with Disability Act CA requirements.

If you own a gas station, you’ll want to make sure your pumps are ADA friendly, as well as parking, bathroom access and more. 

Whether you’re a restaurant with an online menu, or run an online ecommerce website, you’ll need to make sure you are ADA compliant. 

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